High stream temps prompt closures of Fraser, Colorado Rivers for first time in two decades
Credit: Lance Maggart, Sky-Hi News
Colorado's cold water fisheries are experiencing something close to a crisis this summer as anemic stream flows and consistently high temperatures threaten the survival of trout and other sport fish across the High Country.
The situation in the rivers and streams of Colorado's Rocky Mountain region has gotten so bad this summer that Colorado Parks and Wildlife has begun voluntarily closing rivers and streams to fishing, for the first time in at least two decades.
"We are experiencing one of the hottest, driest years in decades and with that we are experiencing stream temperatures that are too hot for the survival of trout," said Kirk Klancke, president of the Colorado River Headwaters chapter of Trout Unlimited.
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